Yacht catches fire in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire crews responded to a boat blaze in Miami Beach.An off-duty unit noticed the smoke along 45th Street and Collins Avenue, Thursday night.There was one person on board the 85-foot yacht who managed to get off safely.Firefighters put out the flames.The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

DNR Commissioner Forestry Official Discuss Additional Resources For Wildfire Support

first_imgDue to extreme wildfire danger and current wildfire activity in Southcentral, as well as limited resources available to respond to new starts, the Alaska Division of Forestry has instituted an emergency burn closure on state, private, borough and municipal lands within the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs effective 8 a.m. Wednesday. Maish: “Swan Lake is the number one priority fire. Those priorities are set by a group they set priorities for the fire and in turn what resources they can get. There are currently 230 staff on that fire, there is a jet load that is coming in with another 100 firefighters coming in.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享DNR Commissioner Corri A. Feige and Division of Forestry Director Chris Maish held a press availability on Wednesday to answer questions regarding recent developments in Southcentral Alaska relating towildfire response, burn closures, and associated issues. Maish: “Outside the state we will have five jet loads-100 per jet load- making up roughly 500 people. We will also have a lot of aviation resources flying in from Canada, they have been here a lot here this summer. I think so far we have had 48 states contribute support to Alaska, and I think that’s more than we’ve ever had before.”  The state is experiencing an “extreme” fire season this year, with over 2.5 million acres burned so far, the size of the fires is still well short of the record set in 2015 – 5.1 million acres. For many Alaskans, the end of the fire season couldn’t come soon enough; many are coping with severe smoke conditions while on the Kenai Peninsula. Division of Forestry Director Chris Maish spoke about the special challenges the Kenai Peninsula Borough is facing with the Swan Lake Fire: “There are two communities: Cooper Landing at one end, and Sterling at the other. It is definitely a more complex incident than the one up in the valley.”last_img read more

Eye Magazine Changes Hands

first_imgAccording to Walters, “I have learned a lot from my time at Haymarket, and we have a fantastic team to spearhead the new company, both commercially and creatively.”Eye has a circulation of about 9,000 and is distributed predominantly in the U.S. and U.K., Walters tells FOLIO:.Haymarket Media Group publishes several magazines in the U.S. and abroad—including titles like Eve, F1 Racing and SC magazine—a number of Web sites and produces several live events. International publisher Haymarket Media Group has handed over ownership of Eye—a quarterly magazine covering graphic design—to John L. Walters, the editor.Haymarket decided that Eye’s “niche-market readers would be better served by a smaller, design-oriented company,” the publisher said in a statement. Eye will now be published by Eye Magazine Ltd, a company started by Walters, art director Simon Esterson, and Hannah Tyson, who was involved with the magazine’s launch in 1990.Vicky McDougal, who served as Eye’s commercial manager, is joining the new management team as publisher.last_img read more

Its 10PM Do You Know What Business Youre In

first_imgOne of the problems that plagues newspapers and magazines today is their inability to see their business with fresh eyes. It’s a problem that has afflicted other industries in other times. The executives who ran the railroad industry, for example, suffered huge losses as long as they thought they were in the railroad business. What they couldn’t see as long as they looked through old and tired eyes, was that they were in the transportation business, which meant their competitors weren’t other railroads; they were up against planes, cars, boats—anything that moved people, goods and, today, information.What business are magazine companies in today? If you answer, “the magazine business” chances are good you’re about to go out of business. “The magazine” is a commodity, and commodities, by definition, lack distinction, uniqueness, and brand equity. The only way to survive today is to reframe your self, to offer a singular product or service (or combination of the two) in a way that adds value and attracts particular customers.For example, when I co-founded Fast Company magazine in 1995, one of the first questions we asked ourselves was, what business are we in? The market for business magazines was already crowded with established contenders. What was our new frame? We decided that we were in the “edu-tainment” business: we’d compete against Fortune by being more educational, offering readers management and career lessons they could use, and we’d compete against the Harvard Business Review by being more entertaining, with livelier graphics, hipper design, and better writing.Take the news business for example. News is the ultimate commodity today. It’s available 24/7 on the Web in all flavors, languages and ideologies. But in this vast undifferentiated zone, there are some versions of the news that actually stick out. Jon Stewart, for instance, has emerged as one of the country’s most trusted newscasters—that’s right, newscaster—despite the fact (or because of it) that his show is a self-described comedy show: comedy news that is. At the other end of the spectrum, Keith Olberman, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and others of that ilk capture significant audiences by offering, not news, but their views on the news: opinion as news.Just being in the news business today is a prescription for being out of business tomorrow—a fact realized by both Time and Newsweek, as they desperately try to morph into publications that more resemble The Economist, which figured this out a long time ago.One last example: last week I ventured into a hip clothing shop in Los Angeles. A batch of very cool T-shirts caught my eye: each one featured a replica of an old Rolling Stone cover. The shirts weren’t cheap—each one cost something like $40—so I knew I was dealing with high fashion. But here’s the kicker. If I bought a T-shirt, I got a free one-year subscription to the magazine!So, what business is Rolling Stone in? In the old days, you’d buy a magazine and get a T-shirt. Today, with design and fashion trumping the old magazine business, if you buy a T-shirt, Rolling Stone throws in the subscription. Give them credit: at least they’re giving Rule #6 a try![Editor’s note: Click here for a look at Webber’s book, “Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self.”] Imagine that you’re part of an industry where the business model which served you so well for so long is failing.Imagine that practices that in the past provided predictable remedies for economic problems today simply don’t work.Imagine, in other words, that you are in the magazine business—or any other part of the media landscape.Making sense of change isn’t always easy. One thing to keep in mind, according to Rule #6 from “Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Yourself”: If you want to see with fresh eyes, reframe the picture.last_img read more

The iPad is Great But Remember—Its Apples Way or the Highway

first_imgMagazine publishers are scrambling to be on the iPad and why not?  Wired saw 73,000 downloads in the first nine days after its iPad edition launched and editor-in-chief Chris Anderson anticipated iPad downloads beating newsstand sales (which average mid-80,000) in June without cannibalizing print sales. IDG’s PCWorld and Macworld went from 600 monthly downloads COMBINED with their digital editions to 8,000 downloads with their iPad version. With the iPad (and the slew of tablets expected to hit the market), publishers have finally found a format online. But getting an app approved can be a frustrating ordeal, especially when publishers find out at the 11th hour that their proposal has been rejected (in what increasingly seems to be arbitrary fashion). Condé Nast famously had to rework its iPad apps when Apple announced that it wouldn’t accept Flash. More recently, a source told FOLIO: that Sports Illustrated was forced to withdraw its subscription model for an iPad app, even though the magazine felt like it was following similar models of the Wall Street Journal and Wired by allowing print subscribers to access the iPad version free this year, with new readers buying the content a month at a time. Apple is said to have forced SI to change the offer to single copy purchase. SI declined to comment about whether it had to change its subscription model but a spokesperson did say, “We’re working with several partners to develop our subscription platform which we hope to introduce later this year.” Most digital magazine vendors are offering an iPad app these days and serve as an intermediary between the publisher and Apple. But working with Apple can be frustrating for them as well. “It’s tough because they really want you to play by their rules,” Marcus Grimm, marketing director at NXTbook Media, tells me.  “In the process of submitting our app to the Apple Store, we wanted to include Omniture tracking because our publishers have come to expect a lot of data. Apple has been very upfront about saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to watch how much data you can give people.’ The Apple process says, ‘If you do anything special with tracking, please let us know ahead of time so we can guide you’ and we wrote a long e-mail about what we wanted to track and why, and their response was, ‘We won’t comment until you submit the app.’ We’re developing according to how we think they’ll react but that’s not really a business partnership. You just read the spec guide and say a prayer.” That leaves publishers (who have invested significant time and money in developing apps) at the mercy of a process they largely have to guess at. Long-term, an even bigger concern is how Apple can dictate both the financial model and customer interaction with emerging iPad editions. We’ve often heard that “the newsstand model is broken.” Let’s hope that the promise of the iPad and other tablets isn’t broken before it’s even out of the gate.last_img read more

Meredith Buys Allrecipescom from Readers Digest Association

first_imgThe site will move into Meredith’s growing food portfolio, which includes another recently acquired RDA title, Every Day With Rachael Ray, as well as newly added Recipes.com and EatingWell Media Group (there are no plans to merge Recipes.com and Allrecipes.com, according to FOLIO: sister publication min). Allrecipes.com has 17 sites in 22 countries. RDA announced its plans to focus on its “master brands” in fall 2011, which include Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home and The Family Handyman. Since the announcement, the publisher continues to par down its content portfolio along with its staff; the publisher cut 150 positions worldwide in December. After putting the property on the block in October, Reader’s Digest Association will sell Allrecipes.com and related digital assets to Meredith Corp. for $175 million. The deal is expected to close by the end of the first quarter.This purchase nearly doubles Meredith Women’s Network audience to 40 million monthly uniques, according to the company. Allrecipes.com also boasts a younger audience base; Meredith’s current female demographic falls in the mid-forties. Attracting younger readers to the Meredith portfolio is top of mind for the company as of late. When Meredith bought FamilyFun magazine from Disney earlier this month, the title’s younger audience (the average FF user is 35-years-old) was considered a key factor. Carey Witmer, president of Meredith’s Parents Network, told FOLIO: at the time, “I’m not looking at it from a category standpoint, but more from a life stage standpoint. It ties back to the age of the consumer, what this woman is doing in this stage of the game. She’s setting up her household, she’s buying a new car and developing those brand loyalties she’ll have all her life. But beyond the advertising, it’s a great opportunity for Meredith to get at her in the beginning and then move her into our other brands like Better Homes and Gardens.” last_img read more

Budget Request Expected MidMarch

first_imgThe administration will formally submit its fiscal year 2020 budget request to Congress the week of March 11, CQ reported Monday.Budget watchers have said the defense portion of the budget could be as high as $750 billion – above the statutory caps that go back in effective for fiscal year 2020.By law, the budget was due to Capitol Hill Feb. 4 but was delayed because most of the Office of Management and Budget staff were furloughed during the partial government shutdown. ADC AUTHORlast_img

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Kindergarten Teacher at Wildwood Elementary SchoolFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Parterre Flooring SystemsPart-Time Officer Coordinator at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Pest Control Technician at RollinsFull-Time Sales Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Resin Operator at Lubrizol CorporationFull-Time Manager at Dunkin Donuts (next to Rocco’s)Full-Time Manager In Training at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Payroll Analyst I at Charles River LaboratoriesFull-Time/Part-Time Host/Dining Room Coordinator at Red Heat Tavern(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Independent Candidate Patricia Meuse Introduces Herself To Wilmington Voters

first_imgDear Voters,I want to reintroduce myself to the residents of Wilmington. My name is Patricia MW Meuse and I am running for State Representative.I am the only candidate that has actually lived in both Wilmington and Tewksbury my whole life.My mother and her sisters moved to Wilmington in the 50’s so that their children would grow up together. I grew up on Pershing Street in North Wilmington, went to the Wildwood School, the North Intermediate, the West intermediate and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1971. My first real job was on the line at Sweetheart Plastics.My father, John Winters, was the Commander of the American Legion, member of the Elks and an usher at St. Thomas Church. My 5 siblings and myself were brought up in a family that was expected to help others. Every Sunday from the time I was 6 years old it was our duty to clean the benches of the Church, wrap Christmas gifts for the annual Legion Christmas party for needy children, shovel our neighbors driveways and the fire hydrant at the end of the street in the winter. Dad was very involved in Memorial Day Services so all of us would help him out at the cemetery, then my brother, David and later my sister Paula would play taps at the service.Besides playing Kick the Can until the 9 O’clock whistle blew, we would walk to North Wilmington to the penny candy store and to the drug store for lime rickeys. Sometimes we would take shortcuts on the train track but couldn’t let our mothers know.If you are looking for a candidate that actually knows Wilmington, I am that candidate. My cousins, inlaws and friends live in Wilmington. I am the Wilmington connection.To find out more about me, go to meuse4staterep.com or call me at 978-658-5339.Sincerely,Patricia MW MeuseLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Meuse Highlights Some Of Her Life Experiences That Have Prepared Her For The JobIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Meuse Says She’s The Best Person For The Job, Not Just “That Other Candidate”In “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday December 17 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, December 17, 2018:#1) WHS Boys & Girls Basketball Fundraiser at ChipotleWant some good food while supporting a great cause? The WHS Boys & Girls Basketball programs are hosting a fundraiser at the Woburn Chipotle (112 Commerce Way) from 5pm to 9pm. All you need to do is bring the flyer below (print it out or show it on your phone) and 33% of your check will go to Wilmington High’s basketball teams. This is for dine-in or take-out. It’s an easy and delicious way to support the station.#2) Wilmington SEPAC MeetingThe Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is meeting at 6:30pm in the Wilmington High School Library. Read the full agenda HERE.#3) Wildwood & Boutwell School Advisory CouncilThe Wildwood & Boutwell School Advisory Council (SAC) meets from 9:30am to 10:30am in the Boutwell’s Conference Room. Topics include the 2019-2020 Budget Update, School Improvement Goal Update, & Superintendent Entry Plan. Read the full agenda HERE.#4) DEADLINE: Senior Center Giving TreeThe Wilmington Senior Center is once again hosting a Giving Tree in its lobby this holiday season. The tree contains written ornaments stating needed gifts for the seniors of Wilmington. The tree gives the community the opportunity to help other people in town. The public is invited to come down to the Center and choose an ornament from the tree. Wrapped gifts (with tag) must be returned to the Center by the week of December 17 to make sure they will be delivered in time. These gifts are personally delivered to bring a bit of holiday cheer to Wilmington seniors. If you should know anyone who could benefit from this program, please contact Terri Marciello, (tmarciello@wilmingtonma.gov) or Laura Pickett (lpickett@wilmingtonma.gov) at 978-657- 7595. All names are kept confidential.#5) Wilmington Job Seekers Network MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its networking group at 10am. Is your resume getting your foot in the door but you’re not advancing beyond the interview? Come and learn the best practices of a successful job interview!  We will discuss research, CAR Statements, post-interview follow-up and the importance of non-work related activities.  We will also explore how best to navigate an interview’s behavioral and traditional questions. Taught by MassHire staff. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, May 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

This iPhone XR XS app lets you blur the background and foreground

first_imgFocos gives you a side-view of your portrait mode photos so you can precisely change the depth. Angela Lang/CNET When I take pictures of friends and family on my iPhone, portrait mode is my go-to. I love the way it transforms a busy flat background into a dramatic, beautiful blur that makes my subject pop. And with the new iPhone XS, I can change the amount of blur or swap Apple lighting effects to make the photo look even better.But there are times when I crave even more creative control over my portraits. The iOS app Focos caught my attention because it allows minuscule levels of control over every aspect of a photo.My favorite feature, for instance, is the app’s ability to adjust both background and foreground bokeh like an actual lens and camera. Portrait mode photos can be shown in a side view, revealing contour map-like slices that represent depth. Sliders let me adjust which parts of the background and foreground get blurred. Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Boost Mobile Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Apple See It Share your voice $999 Post a comment Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iOS 12 Apple reading • This iPhone XR, XS app lets you blur the background and foreground in portrait mode photos 48 Photos Apple iPhone XS Now playing: Watch this: iPhone XR photos, and how Portrait Mode works 4:02 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See it iPhone XS vs. iPhone XR: How much better is the camera? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Focos lets me change the quality of the blur, too. For example, I can make it more creamy or more swirly in appearance. I can also add effects that make out-of-focus areas take on different shapes like stars, triangles and hearts. The OnePlus 6 had a similar feature in its default camera app, but it didn’t work as elegantly.Best of all, the Focos app is free, though there are some optional in-app purchases. If you take a ton of portrait mode photos, this app is definitely worth a look. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $999 0 See All Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) • Best Buy $999 Phones Sprintlast_img read more

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2in1 Black Edition redesigned for pen users

first_img New Dell XPS 13 and Inspiron 7000 Black Edition fix problems… Mentioned Above Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Laptop -FNCWSBB0013B Review • Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (2016) review: The king of budget laptops has arrived 16 Photos The new pen notch manages to avoid getting in the way of cooling the system. Air is blown out through the hinge, preventing the vents from being blocked when it’s on a softer surface like a pillow. The cooling is adaptive too, adjusting depending on how the computer’s being used.  1:55 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition is made for pen lovers $649 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 85 Photos The Black Edition’s keyboard was redesigned also with a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader. Dell said the change freed up enough space on the 15-inch laptop to allow for a number pad. Narrower bezels around the displays shrank the overall footprint. But if you want it significantly smaller, a 13.3-inch version will also be available. Dell did not say what components would be used in the Black Edition and pricing wasn’t immediately available. We’re expecting more details in May. A silver model without a pen garage will also be on sale. center_img Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 CES 2019 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Laptops CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 See it Tags This Inspiron’s hinge has a surprise inside.  Sarah Tew/CNET For its new Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition, announced at CES 2019, Dell created a new hinge design that allows you to store the computer’s full-size active pen right at the top of the keyboard. Drop the pen in the garage and it magnetically holds it in place. The hinge rotates so the pen remains accessible regardless of the position the screen is in. Close the screen to the keyboard and the pen is safely stowed inside. A pen garage is a seemingly small innovation, but having to hunt for a pen when you want to use it is a big sticking point for two-in-one users. And as the market for premium models continues to grow, this slight design difference could give Dell an edge on competition such as HP’s leather-clad Spectre Folio and the Lenovo Yoga C930 with its 360-degree soundbar hinge.  Share your voice CES Products Dell HP Lenovolast_img read more

Remember when GM made a coalpowered turbine engine car We didnt either

first_img Comment 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Unfortunately, the downside is that the exhaust produced by the turbine is hot enough to set just about anything on fire  — though Chrysler did figure out a way around this — and it’s not exceptionally efficient when it’s idling at 22,000 revolutions per minute, as Mr. Leno points out in his excellent video on the turbine car. Add in the fact that turbine engines are inherently dirty and you see why the idea never really took off.Leno eventually revisited the idea of the turbine-powered car with his one-off Ecojet project. This used a Lycoming helicopter turbine that was started on conventional Jet A fuel and then transitioned to biofuel which made for much cleaner emissions. His efforts weren’t without their problems though, since he didn’t go through the same kind of trouble and expense that Chrysler did to cool the exhaust. 52 Photos 1 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice General Motors Chrysler Given all of the concerns we have today over vehicle emissions, it’s almost impossible to imagine that just a few decades ago, those short-sleeve and long-tie wearing engineers at General Motors came up with a car that would run on coal.Yes, coal. Or, specifically superfine coal dust. The dust was blown into a turbine engine like you’d find in a jet and burned as fuel. Let us now dip our toes for a moment into the waters of nostalgia with a segment from an ancient episode of MotorWeek that features GM’s weird experiment and all scratch our heads together. Tags Techrules Ren is a turbine car, but not in the way you’d think Of course, GM was far from the first carmaker to experiment with turbine engine-powered cars. Chrysler famously produced a few dozen road-going examples that ran on gasoline, one of which has ended up in the collection of one Mr. Jay Leno. His is one of only two in private hands.The turbine engine has a lot of desirable traits. It’s relatively compact, at high speeds it’s pretty efficient, and it can burn damn near anything as fuel, be that jet fuel or gasoline or Drakkar Noir. It’s an incredibly smooth means of propulsion because the motion of the motor is all rotational, not reciprocating. It also sounds like a taxiing jet. Auto Tech Car Culture More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Opera GX gamifies the browser at E3 2019

first_imgEnlarge ImageOpera GX has basic RAM and CPU limiter apps to keep the browser from getting too piggy when you need the resources for a game. Opera Lesser-known web browser-developer Opera has tried to ease gamers’ pain points with its new Opera GX browser, announced today at the E3 gaming show. It looks and feels much different than the standard browser, with different customizations, but some of the changes go more than skin deep.For instance, in GX Control it lets you set hard or soft limits on the amount of memory and CPU the browser can use — something every browser could benefit from, frankly — so that you can leave the browser open while playing without taking a performance hit. It does so by intelligently juggling tabs and unloading idle pages; if you set a hard limit, it will close tabs ruthlessly. The CPU limiter constrains the percentage of CPU the entire browser can hog, which can help when you need to free up cores for streaming but still need to monitor streams via the browser. I wish it were more granular, though, with the ability to, say, allocate a number of cores instead. opera-gx-jun-2019-video-pop-outYou can pop out YouTube or Twitch streams and pin them on top. Opera Opera’s had the ability to pop out video windows for a while, but here the company adds the ability to pin YouTube or Twitch on top of a game, which is nice if you want to monitor a competitor’s location on their stream or keep a walk-through handy, especially in single-monitor setups. In the next release Opera will be adding a shortcut toggle for it.Opera GX also uses the sidebar of its parent browser, but customized for gamers; for instance, you can receive Twitch stream starting notifications. Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw An animation with sound greets you on launch, and custom beeps and boops sound when you click on tabs; you can disable them if you like.As with any browser you can customize the home screen with the sites you visit most often. Launching GX Corner brings you manually curated lists of upcoming games and deals (in local currency), as well as a feed of the latest news. The news isn’t curated, but you can customize which sites and categories to show, which is nice. (The rest is pulled from and links to IGBD.) It’s all information you can get from other sites, and you probably already have your own favorites, so I’m not sure it will be worth it to Opera to maintain it.  40 Photos Why 2020 could be the best year for video games Share your voice The biggest hole in the Level 1 feature set feature set — you can download the early access version today if you want to give it a shot and offer feedback — is controller support so that you don’t need to jump between the mouse and the controller.  The company says that’s on its short list of capabiilities to add.The rest of the browser’s features are more about convenience and experience. You can set custom wallpapers and colors, including syncing with Razer Chroma (though it’s not the first browser to sync with Chroma), and the overall design is more angular, with colored borders to simulate the look of LEDs. (It defaults to black with red outlines, because “red browsers are the fastest.”) Razer • Now playing: Watch this: Comment reading • Opera GX gamifies the browser at E3 2019 Laptops Internet Gaming Desktopscenter_img More from E3 Tags See All 4:22 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft’s Project Scarlett looks… E3 2019 E3 2019 CNET Apps Today How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know 1last_img read more

11 great gifts under 100 you can still get in time for

first_imgYes, it’s true: Father’s Day in the US is this Sunday, June 16. That means you need to get a gift for your old man today. Thankfully, if you have Amazon Prime, which now offers shipping as quick as next day in many areas at no extra charge, or live near a Walmart, you still have time. Wherever you buy, we’ve assembled some great gift ideas here in the in $51 to $100 range that should arrive Sunday — if you hurry. All of these have been included after being fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by CNET editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Looking for more affordable gifts? Check out 14 great Father’s Day gifts under $50 and The best Father’s Day gadgets you can get for under $30. Great for the nightstand Sarah Tew/CNET Our favorite gifts for Father’s Day 14 great gifts under $50 Gifts for Dad under $100 Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 For the dads who enjoy their booze Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Laptop and PC gifts for dads Best phones to gift your dad for Father’s Day Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 Best audio gifts for Father’s Day Best Father’s Day gifts to combat dad bod Father’s Day gaming gifts for the badass dad Best Father’s Day gifts for every kind of foodie dad The Cheapskate’s top Father’s Day gift picks Father’s Day gift ideas for your car-loving dad Wireless headphones are the future, but if your dad is the kind of guy who prefers good old-fashioned cables, the Sony MDR-7506 may be right up his alley. This classic headphone (circa 1991) has a 10-foot coiled cable, a phono adapter — and no microphone. To be clear: It’s a terrible choice for using with a smartphone, and more at home when connected to a full-size stereo receiver. But it sounds sublime.  Whether Dad is clueless in the kitchen or he’s a full-blown chef, he’ll love preparing meals in an Instant Pot. This do-it-all pressure cooker is great for set-it-and-forget-it meals, with options for beginners and gourmets alike. And the 6-quart model is a whopping 40 percent off at Amazon this week.  Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Best Fitbit under $100 See at Amazon Nomad Wireless Charging Base Station ($99.95) For dads who like easy meals Read Roku Streaming Stick Plus review Lifetime High Performance Cooler ($97) Amazon Echo ($65) The best smart display Netflix, HBO, Hulu and every other streaming video service under the sun — Roku has it all. This $60 HDMI stick delivers all those channels at up to 4K resolution, and the included remote controls the TV’s power and volume, too. It’s a great gift for any dad, and it’s on sale this week for $49. Roku Streaming Stick Plus ($49) See at Amazon AirPods and other name-brand truly wireless headphones cost $160 and up. But we found the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air earbuds to deliver solid sound quality at half that price. This model also offers better noise isolation than the AirPods, and it’s available in both black and white. This product is also available at Walmart.Looking for more options? Check out our list of the best true wireless headphones under $100. See at Amazon What’s the best Instant Pot to buy? Read Anker SoundCore Liberty Air review There are plenty of great Alexa-powered Echo products, but in this price range, we’re loving the Google Nest Hub (formerly known as the Home Hub). The smart display gives you instant access to a world of answers whenever you say, “Hey, Google,” and the device’s lack of a camera makes us feel better about having it in the bedroom. (Note that Google just introduced a larger 10-inch version of this product with a camera called the Nest Hub Max, but that will run you $230.) The retail price of this product is $129, but it’s been on sale throughout the spring as low as $65. Otherwise, you can find it on sale for closer to $99 at Walmart and elsewhere.  Best truly wireless headphones under $100 Read Google Nest Hub review Fitbit has several fitness trackers under $200: the $180 Versa, the $160 Versa Lite and the $120 Charge 3. But in this price category, the new-for-2019 Inspire HR comes in at the $100 price point. The HR is so named because it has always-on heart rate monitoring, and its battery should last up to five days. If you want the name brand cachet and superior smartphone apps, the Fitbit is a good trade-up from the Amazfit mentioned above. Sarah Tew/CNET Juan Garzon/CNET Apple’s AirPower charging stand will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get Dad a nice wireless charging pad that can juice up 2 Qi-compatible devices at once. The Nomad Wireless Charging Base Station also includes USB-A and USB-C ports, so he can charge up two other devices, too. Sarah Tew/CNET 0 Read Kindle Paperwhite review Yes, the Echo Dot sells for half the price, but it’s worth splurging on Dad’s special day for the full-size Amazon Echo — especially when it’s marked down by one-third, as it is right now. In addition to its zillions of smart home functions, this voice-controlled speaker delivers better-than-average sound quality and doubles as a straight-up Bluetooth speaker, too. Oh, and it tells jokes that only a dad can appreciate. For the old-school dad 15 Photos Father’s Day: Clever smart home gadgets your dad will actually love Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 ($60) reading • 11 great gifts under $100 you can still get in time for Father’s Day Best e-reader Sony MDR-7506 ($80) Anker SoundCore Liberty Air ($80) See at Massgenie Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze Google Nest Hub ($65 – $99)center_img One awesome cooler Great smart speaker Amazfit Bip ($80 or less) Tyler Lizenby/CNET Read Amazfit Bip review Fitbit Inspire HR ($99.95) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide Érika García/CNET See at Amazon Read our Fitbit Versa Lite vs. Inspire HR vs. Charge 3 comparison Grads Tech Gift Guide The Fitbit Versa Lite, Galaxy Watch Active and Apple Watch Series 3 cost $159 and up. But if you want to gift a smartwatch with a sub-$100 budget, the Amazfit Bip is your best bet. Despite the low price, it’s got an always-on display, water resistance, heart rate tracking and — most importantly — battery life that blows away the Apple Watch. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Instant Pot Best video streamer under $100 Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast Ben Fox Rubin/CNET The best coolers of 2019 See at Amazon See at Walmart In CNET’s recent roundup of best coolers, we found that this Lifetime High Performance Cooler delivered the best design of the bunch. It’s also tough as nails, and offers a nearly 63-quart capacity. Whether Dad is stocking beer by the summer grill or at an autumn tailgate party, this is a great pick. See also Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Best smartwatch under $100 Kindle Paperwhite ($99.99) See at Amazon Tags Read the Sony MDR-7506 review Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart • See All Share your voice See at Amazon Post a comment Read the Amazon Echo (2017) review Yes, the Kindle app is available for free on phones and tablets. But if Dad’s a book lover, the Kindle Paperwhite beats a phone app because it offers distraction-free reading. Other ways the Paperwhite beats a phone: It’s readable in full sunlight or in a darkened bedroom, it’s fully waterproof and its battery lasts days or weeks, not just a few hours. The Paperwhite normally retails for $130, and it will likely dip back down to $90 or less for Prime Day. But this week it’s just under $100, which is why we’re including it here. Media Streamers Fitbit Nest Belkin Amazon Bluetooth Google Roku Applelast_img read more

Amazon is cutting jobs in its games studio

first_imgThe layoffs coincide with the world’s biggest gaming conference. Amazon Amazon Game Studios laid off employees this week, the tech company confirmed on Friday. The layoffs come during the week of E3, the world’s biggest gaming conference. Amazon Game Studios, launched in 2012, makes games including New World, The Grand Tour Game and Crucible. It has studios in San Diego and Orange County, California, and at Amazon’s HQ in Seattle. “Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement. Amazon didn’t say how many people were affected by the job cuts. The spokesperson added that the company is working to “align resources to match evolving, long-range priorities.” “Amazon is deeply committed to games and continues to invest heavily in Amazon Game Studios, Twitch, Twitch Prime, AWS, our retail businesses and other areas within Amazon,” the spokesperson said. Amazon Microsoft Nintendo How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Post a comment One person who was laid off said Amazon Game Studios told employees they had 60 days to find a new position within Amazon, otherwise they’d receive a severance package, Kotaku reported Friday. According to Kotaku, Amazon has also canceled several unannounced games. The news follows Amazon Game Studios confirming the cancellation of its competitive video game Breakaway last year “after a lot of soul searching.” Share your voicecenter_img Tags 0 Gaming Tech Industry Video Games More from E3last_img read more

Huawei ban kicks in next week for US government agencies

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 4:59 The rules go into effect on Aug. 13. VCG The Trump administration on Wednesday released an early publication of a rule that’ll ban US government agencies from doing business with Huawei. The ban was mandated by Congress last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The rule, set to go into effect Aug. 13, prohibits federal purchases of telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services from five Chinese companies, including Huawei and ZTE. The government has another year to meet broader NDAA restrictions that ban federal agencies from working with contractors that use products and services from Huawei and the other banned companies.”The administration has a strong commitment to defending our nation from foreign adversaries, and will fully comply with Congress on the implementation of the prohibition of Chinese telecom and video surveillance equipment companies, including Huawei,” said Jacob Wood, spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget, in an email.Huawei said the news was expected and that the company would continue to challenge the constitutionally of the ban. “The NDAA law and its implementing provisions will do nothing to ensure the protection of US telecom networks and systems and rather is trade barrier based on country-of-origin, invoking punitive action without any evidence of wrongdoing,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Ultimately, it will be rural citizens across the US that will be most negatively impacted, as the networks they use for digital connectivity rely on Huawei.”ZTE didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The NDAA restrictions are separate from the US Department of Commerce putting Huawei on a trade blacklist, following an executive order from President Donald Trump in May. Huawei has been a target of the US lawmakers over concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Huawei has repeatedly said those fears are unfounded. Originally published Aug. 7, 12:54 p.m. PT.Update, 1:26 p.m.: Adds comment from the OMB. Tagscenter_img What is going on between Huawei and the US? Share your voice Post a comment Security Politicslast_img read more

You can order the new green Nintendo Switch JoyCons now

first_img Walmart 1:13 Three new iPhones in 2019, Nintendo sued over Switch… See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $289 Share your voice Nintendo Switch Now playing: Watch this: See it Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 See It 0 Post a commentcenter_img See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Best Buy Amazon Nintendo’s new Joy-Con is a fun green.  Screenshot/Best Buy Nintendo Switch fans have more than just new consoles coming, the Joy-Con controllers are also getting a bright new look. Best Buy is taking preorders now for a spunky green color it’s carrying exclusively. The green Joy-Cons will be available on Oct. 27 for $79.99. If green’s not your thing, the controllers will also be available in two other new color schemes, according to a GameSpot story Monday. Users can buy a blue and neon yellow Joy-Con pair or a set in neon purple and neon orange, and those are scheduled to arrive a few weeks earlier on Oct. 4. (Editors’ note: CNET and GameSpot are both owned by CBS.)Nintendo Switch buyers used to have one console to choose from, but soon there will be three. The Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld-only version of the console that costs $100 less than the original, will go on sale in September. And the original Nintendo Switch is set to get an upgrade this month with better battery life. Nintendo is also reportedly working with Sharp to bring IGZO screens to the Switch, though it’s unclear which model might get the improved display.Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.  Tags Best Buy Nintendo $299 Consoles Gaming Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 $299last_img read more

Arctic May Not Be That Busy Report Says

first_imgRear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska (USCG photo)As the ice goes out in the Arctic, many people predict more ships will be drawn through the Bering Straits to take advantage of a shortcut between Asia and Europe. But, a recent government report suggests less ice may not mean more ships.Download AudioSen. Lisa Murkowski has made it her mission to remind Washington the Arctic is opening up. In speeches and at hearings with top officials, she aims to instill a sense of urgency about preparing for an increase in ship traffic and new economic opportunities.“The time to development the infrastructure and support capacity to handle this growing amount of traffic is now. Actually, it was yesterday,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor last month.A recent report from the Government Accountability Office runs counter to her message. The report authors interviewed dozens of stakeholders, including executives at cargo companies, mining companies and cruise lines about their plans to send more ships into the Arctic.“We came to the conclusion that it was going to be limited,” Lorelei St. James, team leader on the GAO report, said.Two big caveats: The GAO report looked only at commercial activity in the American Arctic,and only over the next decade, but St. James found that just because ships can traverse the Arctic for part of the year doesn’t mean they will.“There’s just some fundamental geographic reasons that make it more difficult to operate in the U.S. Arctic,” St. James said.While an over-the-top route can be 40 percent shorter than the traditional voyage between Asia and Europe, the GAO found container shipping companies aren’t interested. To them, speed is less important than reliability. The business is largely driven by the need for components to move steadily around the globe, from factories to assembly plants to markets. Nobody wantsinventory to pile up, so if ships are late, St. James says, a factory might have to halt production.“They’re very concerned about on-time, and with the unpredictability of some of the weather patterns up there, it just made the shipping companies we talked to less, the U.S. Arctic less attractive to them,” St. James said.Time is also a big factor for cruise lines in the Arctic, the GAO learned.“We were told that even if there were deep water ports or ports that the cruises could stop at, that it just takes so long to go through the U.S. Arctic that there’s just a lack of demand from the mainstream for that type of cruise,” St. James said.While the Arctic lacks deepwater ports and the U.S. has only two working ice breakers, better maritime infrastructure would not really boost shipping or tourism, St. James says, although miners told the GAO they could use a new dock.“Right now the zinc that the Red Dog Mine has is lighter than copper, so the copper industry would need a deeper water port but officials told us that they were not prepared to pay for that type of … infrastructure,” St. James said.Admiral Thomas Ostebo, commander of the Coast Guard in Alaska, says he agrees with the GAO report and the cautionary note it strikes on building maritime infrastructure.“Based on what we know now … it’s too early to tell, what infrastructure we need where we would need it and how big it should be,” Ostebo said.Get those answers wrong and you waste a lot of money. Ostebo says the perceived need for more icebreakers goes up and down, but the Coast Guard is in the very early stages of possibly acquiring a new one.  Meanwhile, though, Ostebo says the clearest need in  Arctic  waters is for things like better maps and charts, improved communication technology and newenvironmental surveys.“There is a future for the Arctic, and those things would be great investments in whatever future comes up,” Ostebo said.Sen. Murkowski says she appreciates the GAO report’s emphasis on the need for mapping and charting, but maintains Arctic activity is on the rise, so now is the time to invest there.last_img read more